Happy New Year! I realise I am a bit late in wishing you all a HNY but I have been pretty busy . The usual post Christmas austerity has kicked in and I have been determined to start the year with everything in order: accounts (a box full of receipts, bills and invoices to customers to process); a new year’s resolution for more timely social media posts and more human interest; planning for the year ahead in terms of developing my butterfly series, fairs, exhibitions and potential collaborations to explore.
So far things have been rolling quite smoothly (yes I am surprised too). This is all happening in conjunction with putting our house on the market (it has never been so tidy) and the ever-increasing club commitments of my children that see me driving around on seemingly endless tours of Surrey. But it is not yet the end of January and we are on track! Obviously exercise is taking a back seat but I am drinking less wine and eating less chocolate so that has to count for something right?
But how do we keep all these boxes in check going forward? Surely it is only a matter of time before one family member brings some nasty bug home and we all succumb, resulting in an implosion of this newly embedded – yet fragile – routine.
And how can we ensure our best laid plans are not so quickly derailed? Tom Eatenton and events guru from Kru Live, summed it up for me in a nutshell:
“SUCCESS = FOCUS – DISTRACTION”. Continue reading How Do You Eat An Elephant?
All kids are crafty in the mischievous crafty sense (or am I unfairly generalising based on my cheeky monkeys?). But if your child has a penchant for paper and pencils, putting together a Christmas creation or two is part and parcel of the run up to festivities.
Oh and it keeps them occupied for hours of course! Here are four ideas to keep the munchkins happy, busy, contained and will help you too – yup actually help! You will need to get a bit involved but they really are their own creations so particularly advantageous for us busy mums to be involved with. Continue reading Crafty Kids
Oh my word! Have you seen the colour out there? I love the changing seasons – it is very consistent with my personality that I enjoy a change every so often. Autumn and Spring at a push are my favourite seasons but in any event, I absolutely love being outside on a crisp, sunny day, wellies on and being surrounded by natural beauty.
A carpet of copper golden Acer leaves and sublimely structured seedheads.
We recently took a trip to Yorkshire and marvelled at the exquisite scenery of the moors and surrounding forests together with views of the quintessentially English towns and villages surrounding York. The city is a wonder in itself. But for a burst of colour any time of year Continue reading Snap Happy
Anyone who knows my work will know that I have a penchant for colour! I love all colour really and I experiment with how to combine colours to add relief, light, warmth – nothing is out of bounds.
But the colour I would never be without is white. It fixes everything. I use white in every piece – often as my final flurry of splatter. It can provide the necessary contrast for the viewer to see the colours within the piece without being sucked in to the intensity of the otherwise colour-rich scene. It allows the eye to see calm and lifts my work.
From top left: Spring, Summer. From bottom left: Autumn, Winter
I use white to pastelise colour seen here in Continue reading The Wonder Of White
My best effort for last year's Halloween ... wish me better luck for this year's attempt!
There are some artists who can seem to turn their hand to any genre of art. They are arty through and through from how they dress to who they know and what they produce in oh-so-many forms. I would love to be more like that. However, I am reminded at this Halloween time of year that I am not. Whenever my children ask me to paint their faces for some event or other, I feel a cold sweat coming on. I can’t stand the dragging sensation of the cheap wax make up that the supermarkets sell, but I am too ill informed (and too disorganised at this level of outfit detail) to have anything better at my disposal. Continue reading Face Painting And (Not) Me
Intense shown here in situ.
And sometimes that is just how life is
What is a typical day for you? Finding that hard to answer? Me too. The joy of working from my home studio is that I can be there for my two boys when they need me. And sure, there is lots of routine that goes with having children. So a typical day during a term-time week is relatively predictable at certain points. For example the morning comprises endless cajoling the boys to: eat their breakfast; get dressed; and clean their teeth. It is all standard fare in households the world over. As is the inevitability of me being five minutes behind schedule. Every. Single. Day. I’m not sure why, as I make every effort to be on time. Every. Single. Day. I just know that I am not alone in this – to anyone else struggling to get their day (and anyone else’s) underway, I salute you! Continue reading A Day In The Life